Project J.O.S.H. (Journeying Onward Substance-Abuse Help) was founded on a set of guiding principles: to educate, serve, and provide resources to teens and families affected by addiction. In order to accomplish this goal, we require the help of building a community base that shares our vision, and for this reason, we look forward to your participation on this site and with our organization.
Although the idea of forming an organization to achieve Josh’s life long goals was talked about in an informal capacity after Josh’s passing, it wasn’t until Elaine and Zach sat down at a local restaurant that the name and vision for the organization began to take shape. We already knew we wanted the organization to mirror Josh’s life long dream of becoming an adolescent psychiatrist, with emphasis placed on his latter dream of working with addicted teens specifically. Given these goals, we established both the name and a concise mission statement. The chief tenants of Project J.O.S.H. (Journeying Onward Substance Abuse-Help) are to serve, educate, and provide resources to afflicted individuals and their families.
Josh’s battle, like so many other began with an inner-battle of psychological affliction, eventually manifest into his teenage years into drug use, abuse, and later both physical and psychological dependence. More poignantly, during Josh’s battle with heroin he developed the belief and realization he was destined to die at the age of 27 and join the 27 club, like so many other talented brilliant people before him. He believed he was “to be sacrificed, so others could live.” Furthermore, he believed the reason why he experienced addiction and life-long emotional pangs was so that he could “understand and help others.”
Thus, Project J.O.S.H. carries on Josh’s life-long dreams, the kind of soul-work Josh himself, felt he was destined to do and would be doing if he was still on this planet. But Josh reminded us when he was alive, being a life-long philosopher and philanthropist that “the body is but a shell for the soul.” Josh therefore oversees our work, looking down from heaven, his presence ever so near.
After the tragic death of Kelin Jacobsen, a beloved young man whose charm and infectious spirit touched so many lives, our program services began to receive more financial and emotional backing. Elaine when working at a treatment center had the privilege of working with and getting to know Kelin. What she realized is that Kelin suffered from many of the same inner-demons and sensitive issues regarding their sobriety:
From this experience to the present, it became apparent for our organizational Founder and Director that there was an apparent need for “reintegration services.” To teach these kids about how to live again and plugging back in purpose and meaning into their life, something that these drugs erase and replace with short-lived and glamorous fun. For so many of these individuals, it was never their intention to let their use turn into addiction, but they found themselves trapped, incapable of helping themselves, or even imagining the slightest glimmer of hope remained for them.
About Josh Werner-Hudson
Ironically, however, through all of these crazy years Josh was very resourceful. At the age of 14 Josh started his own computer repair business on the Internet in 1994. In 1996 he worked for J-Rat (rock-climbing harness business), with the owner offering him the opportunity to buy out his business given his entrepreneurship. In 1997, he began work at PC Brokers in Boulder Colorado, referred to as their only Mac specialist.
Josh had many friends, and many people knew him. To begin, him and his friends could just have good clean fun, but eventually boredom, or other factors got each of them into using drugs in place of fun. This was especially the case for Josh between the hardships between the trio of friends and unhealthy codependent relationships spiraled him down into the lowest of lows of depression.
Then his world collapsed...â€¨
Some of Josh's Notes / Diary Entries
In the spirit of how Josh wished to dedicate his life, Project J.O.S.H. is a continuance of the legacy he left. We continue to carry the toarch.
Major Timeline of Events
'07 … March … 7th … Josh ODs in bathroom and nearly dies
'07 … March … 11th … Josh ODs and subsequently dies from a heroin overdose at home around 9:10PM
'09 … August … 17th … Elaine moves to Laguna Beach, CA to pursue an education and career in substance-abuse treatment
'09 … October … ??? … Coined Project J.O.S.H. (Journeying Onward Substance-Abuse Help); formalized plans talked about since 2008
'10 … October … 2nd … ProjectJosh.org Site Launches
'11 … February … 24th … First Imagine Podcast Airing @ Adrenaline Radio (studios in Whitier California)
'11 … August … 9th … Met with George Powell III at Reuse Jeans, he offers to design and sell a jean inspired by Josh's home-made ones, with proceeds going directly to Project Josh
Article Last Updated: 05-28-2012
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